The CHX Central Team

Welcome To The Team

For all elements of the CHX service we have compiled the best team possible.  From technical programme design to inspiring personalities for guiding and coaching, we think you will enjoy your contact with the CHX team from start to finish. And if enjoyment isn't enough, rest assured there is plenty to learn from the shared expertise.

What makes the CHX team unique is that we have worked, trained, competed with and against each other and generally celebrated life together, for many many years.  We share values, expect the most out of ourselves and each other, and set out to try to enjoy every moment of life.

Damien Stork

Founder and Director CHX Performance

Damien lives in Chamonix and London and spends his time either working on the programme content with the Science team, holding workshops and seminars, or hosting CHX events in Chamonix and the UK.  

He has spent his entire life working in and participating in a variety of sports at the same time as developing a career in the Talent Management sector.  After graduating he spent 4 years playing fulltime rugby in England, South Africa and New Zealand whilst also working as a personal trainer. 

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Between 1999 and 2013 Damien built a business in London in recruitment and consultancy, most recently as part of the very successful private equity-backed management team that set up and then sold Ochre House Talent Management (2006-2013), a global consultancy that won multiple awards for its leading-edge programmes for hiring and developing management and executive teams.

On a personal front, since 2001, Damien has combined corporate life with climbing and trekking all over the World, including the Andes, the Himalaya and SE Asia.  It is Chamonix he now calls home, and it is the challenge of the extraordinary environment that led him to the idea of CHX; the desire to introduce this place to businesses and individuals, combining the magic of the mountains with hard science, all aimed at personal and team development.

Damien works ½ day per week for The Connection – a large crisis centre in central London – helping clients prepare for and apply for work, coaching them to write CVs and get ready for interview. 

Lyndon Wood

Founder and Director CHX Challenge

Lyndon has spent 21 years in the fitness industry and for the past 10 years has been part of the small management  team that owned Trixter Ltd, where he built and then sold (2013) a market leading fitness equipment business.  Between 2013 and 2015 he managed the Key Account and International business for Pulse Ltd, the business that acquired Trixter.  He has also run his own Personal Training business as well as managed an Olympic warm weather training facility.  

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Lyndon has participated in team sports since he could walk and his passion for human performance has drawn him into endurance events including mountaineering, ironman triathlon, marathons and alpine cycling challenges. In 2017 he will be part of a small expedition travelling on foot to both the North and South Poles creating awareness for Type 1 diabetes.

When not adventuring around the mountains, Lyndon can be found doting on his extremely gorgeous wife Jo and daughter Poppy! 

Lyndon is on the UK JDRF Challenge Committee (Type 1 Diabetes)

Emma Fowler

CHX Performance Director

After 16 successful years in financial services executive search and having led a team of 80 headhunters across 19 countries, in 2013 Emma took her passion for people development and qualified as an executive coach, immediately setting up her own consultancy.

Having a neuroscience background (BSc, Experimental Psychology) and a passion for delivering great work underpinned by scientific evidence and rigour, Emma went back to University to study the science behind Coaching Psychology.

Whilst studying, she was invited to contribute the chapter “Coaching within the Financial Services Industry” to the publication “Coaching in Professional Contexts”, published by Sage (2015). This book is used as a foundation text for the Coaching Psychology Programmes at Henley and UEL in the UK, and The University of Sydney, Australia.

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Emma now leads our CHX Performance business, working closely with clients and the CHX team to build and deliver bespoke solutions which promote excellence and the peak physical and mental performance of a corporate workforce. The CHX Performance offering includes Chamonix and UK based residential interventions, a suite of workshops and seminars, plus group and individual executive coaching. Our solutions are used to deliver transformational change programmes in the areas of employee engagement, strategic and cultural change, team performance and resilience.

Emma has a passion for travel and diving, having travelled to and lived in 40 countries and completed more than 600 dives – mainly across the beautiful reefs of Asia. In her spare time Emma is Trustee of an international oceans charity, a lover of gardening and the Sussex countryside, wife to Brendan and mum to Annabel.

Nic Clarke

Technical Advisor and Challenge Lead

Nic has spent his entire adult life climbing, mountaineering, hiking, biking and generally having fun in the mountains.  You could argue strongly in fact that his is not a particularly adult life! He and Damien started climbing together in Chamonix Mont-Blanc in 2001, having worked together in health and fitness for the previous 4 years.

He is a highly qualified personal trainer, but more importantly for CHX, he is a hugely experienced mountain adventurer who was a key member of the Everest Max team in 2006.  This is the team that became the first to go from the lowest point on earth to the highest - cycling from the Dead Sea in Jordan through 8 countries and finishing by climbing to the summit of Everest! 

Nic also knows the alps like the back of his hand and lists trail running and hiking as his favourite activities, with indepth experience of all the CHX routes. At CHX, Nic advises all Challenge participants on preparation and kit. He then hosts and leads on our Challenge fundraising events. But please ignore his snack ideas, they are nutritionally disastrous!   

Candy Lyons

Head of Operations 

Candy runs the entire back office of the business, but would much rather be on the trails or leading on the entertainment! A young family means she can only join us on our events for a couple of weeks a year, but that does mean she will be the one you have contact with regarding all booking logistics which is good news! 

Her background is in HR, Accounts and Admin support but she has also spent 10 years working in the health and fitness industry and is a qualified fitness instructor who loves to teach a variety of classes, the most popular being Ski Fitness, Boxercise and Cagefit.

Candy was introduced to the mountains in Chamonix by Damien and Alison and found their enthusiasm to be highly infectious. Her first weekend was packed with exhilarating walks, stunning views and several cold beers. It’s fair to say that all aspects were fully embraced!

In 2016 Candy has been fundraising for Streets of London Streets (homelessness) and also works closely with Alison on the CHX Challenge business.